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The Moto X has a hidden LED under the earpiece, but you need root to use it

3 months ago 9

The Moto X has an incredibly innovative feature called Active Display, which shows notifications using the AMOLED display and an orb in the center of the screen. This amazing feature is better than any notification LED, at least in my opinion. But a Moto X owner recently found an LED hidden on the Moto X. It was under the earpiece this whole time.

This LED is used to signify that the battery is so dead, that there isn’t enough energy to even turn on the screen and show the dead battery icon. Getting your phone that drained is unlikely, so most of us may never see this warning.

However, the brilliant folks at XDA have figured out how to use this LED. Unfortunately, this procedure does require both root and Tasker, so unrooted folks won’t be able to get that LED lit for their own purposes. But if you’re rooted and want to mess around with Tasker for a while, this is an awesome project. Watch the video for some instructions and tell us if you’re going to give this a go yourself! And tell us, do you prefer Active Display or a notification LED?

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